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A conversation about food

Aug 19, 14 A conversation about food

By Julie Vrazel

Let’s talk food, Texas.

We’re overwhelmed with buzzwords, marketing ploys and labels, not to mention the vast array of choices. How do we know the truth and what’s really best for us?

Organic, conventional, local, natural, GMO-free—we read the labels, but what do they really mean? As consumers, your decisions—and mine—shape our food supplies, and in turn, farming practices.

Animal welfare—it’s another priority of consumers and Texas cattlemen. From niche markets to mainstream consumer markets, ranchers in the Lone Star State play a unique role in providing a safe, nutritious product.

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Upside Down Breakfast Stackers

Aug 15, 14 Upside Down Breakfast Stackers

By Kelly Bogard

Let’s talk back to school.

Those early mornings are filled with anticipation and hunger—for food and knowledge. No matter their age or grade in school, all students have one thing in common—they need a hearty breakfast to start the day off right.

The first day of school is kind of a big deal in my house right now. See, Butters is starting kindergarten. And, as much as I don’t want her to grow up, I’ll do my best to give her the fuel she needs to succeed—breakfast!

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Food fights: First World problems

Aug 12, 14 Food fights: First World problems

By Jessica Domel

Sometimes I wonder what all the food fusses are about.

I tell you that because sometimes I too get discouraged. I see Facebook arguments, which can get pretty intense about organics versus natural, or grass fed versus grain fed and a whole host of other food issues.

I see the passion in standing up for what you believe in, but I also see there are bigger issues at play in our day-to-day lives.

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Chicken A La Julie

Aug 08, 14 Chicken A La Julie

By Kelly Bogard

Last week, I mentioned how I get the recipes for Texas Table Top from all kinds of places. What I didn’t tell you was that it is a group effort. When I decide on recipes, I almost always have help. Jessica and Julie usually take a few minutes from their busy days to brainstorm with me and come up with recipes that fit what is in season or for a particular event or holiday.

Julie loves to help figure out the recipe ideas, but will tell you she can’t cook. I think after seeing this recipe, you will see that she really can and just doesn’t give herself enough credit.

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Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

Aug 05, 14 Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

By Julie Vrazel

Tangy, yet sweet, aromas fill the air. Bustling customers chat with each other while buying their fruits and vegetables. It’s a social event across the nation that marks the 15th annual National Farmers Market Week.

Wondering how to celebrate? Look no further! I’ve pulled together a few ways we can all participate in this week-long event.

 

5. Find the farmers markets in your area. Have you ever been to a farmers market in your community? If not, use the Texas Department of Agriculture GO TEXAN list of certified farmers markets to find one near you. Or you can branch out and visit one you’ve never been to before.

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Slow Cooker Beef Tips

Aug 01, 14 Slow Cooker Beef Tips

By Kelly Bogard

Lately, more and more people have been asking where I get inspiration for the recipes you see each week on Texas Table Top. Sometimes, it’s to go with a holiday, like this one. Other times, it’s to go along with a “Meet a Farmer,” like this. And then, more frequently than not, it is by request.

The majority of the recipes I make for you are what I consider to be true Texas recipes. Foods that I grew up with, found in my grandmother’s recipe box or are just chocked full of Texas ingredients. Such is the case with this week’s recipe.

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